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11:50 AM ET, January 28, 2008

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Nitya / Political Radar:
Author Toni Morrison Endorses Obama  —  ABC News' Rick Klein and Sunlen Miller Report: Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison — who famously declared Bill Clinton to be the nation's “first black president” in a 1998 essay — today endorsed Barack Obama for president, via letter from Morrison to the Illinois senator.
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Team Obama Is Courting Everybody But the Press  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. — When reporters filed onto Barack Obama's press plane after his acrimonious debate with Hillary Rodham Clinton last week, one thing was noticeably missing amid the wine and snacks on the Boeing 737.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton's Camp Seeks Gentler Role for Ex-President  —  Democrats inside and outside the Clinton campaign on Sunday debated and in some cases bemoaned the degree to which former President Bill Clinton's criticism of Senator Barack Obama last week had inflicted lasting damage on his wife's presidential candidacy.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Toni Morrison  —  Rick Klein reports that Toni Morrison will endorse Obama today.
Discussion: The Swamp
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:   Super Tuesday looks close for Democrats
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Jackson: Not Upset by Clinton Remarks
Discussion: D-Day and The Trail
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Winging It  —  John McCain has a golden opportunity to make peace with conservatives.  Will he take advantage of it?  —  John McCain has to decide just how comfortable he wants the conservative base of the Republican Party to be with his candidacy.  Although he touts his conservative credentials …
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
A RUN ON THE BANK  —  Every indication is that Rudy Giuliani is sinking like a stone in Florida.  Barring a miracle, he'll finish either a bit above or a bit below Mike Huckabee.  Once Florida Republicans saw that Rudy was dropping in the polls, I think a lot of them jumped ship …
Washington Times:
Giuliani falls far behind in Florida  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. — Florida now appears to be a two-way race between Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain, as two new polls show Rudolph W. Giuliani losing support after skipping six straight presidential-nomination contests.
Discussion: Commentary
Zogby:
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: McCain Gets Endorsement Boost, leads again in Florida  —  Giuliani passes Huckabee; is stuck in a distant third place  —  UTICA, New York - In what's become a two-man game for the Republicans, Arizona Sen. John McCain now holds a slim lead over rival Mitt Romney …
John Whitesides / Reuters:
McCain edges into Florida lead: poll
Discussion: Boston Globe
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Romney dings McCain on Dem ties
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Jacob Weisberg / New York Times:
The Bush Who Got Away  —  AS George W. Bush prepares to deliver his final State of the Union address, it's worth revisiting the first speech he gave to a joint session of Congress.  His valedictory words tonight will provide an opportunity to reflect on the kind of president Mr. Bush was.
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CBS News:
Interrogator Shares Saddam's Confessions  —  Tells 60 Minutes Former Iraqi Dictator Didn't Expect U.S. Invasion  —  (CBS) That June 2000 speech was about weapons of mass destruction.  In talking casually about that speech, Saddam began to tell the story of his weapons.  It was a breakthrough that had taken five months.
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CBS News:
Interrogator Shares Saddam's Confessions
Discussion: Firedoglake and Cato-at-liberty
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Lessons of 1992  —  It's starting to feel a bit like 1992 again.  A Bush is in the White House, the economy is a mess, and there's a candidate who, in the view of a number of observers, is running on a message of hope, of moving past partisan differences, that resembles Bill Clinton's campaign 16 years ago.
Michael J. Totten:
The Final Mission, Part I  —  FALLUJAH - At the end of 2006 there were 3,000 Marines in Fallujah.  Despite what you might expect during a surge of troops to Iraq, that number has been reduced by 90 percent.  All Iraqi Army soldiers have likewise redeployed from the city.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
John M. Broder / New York Times:
McCain, Long a G.O.P. Maverick, Is Gaining Mainstream Support  —  LADY LAKE, Fla. — Is John McCain, the maverick flyboy of the Republican Party, becoming the candidate of the Republican establishment?  —  Mr. McCain, who has delighted in sticking his thumb in the eye of mainstream Republicans throughout …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: Hillary Clinton To Vote “No” On Cloture Tomorrow UPDATE: Barack Obama Will Be There Too  —  According to the Clinton campaign, Hillary Clinton will be in the Senate tomorrow to vote “no” on cloture on the Intel version of the FISA bill.  The vote is scheduled to take place at 4:30 pm tomorrow.
New York Post:
NOT SO SECRET  —  HUMA Abedin, the traveling aide who is rarely out of Hillary Rodham Clinton's sight, has been seen with bachelor Rep. Anthony Weiner on the campaign trail.  Shortly before Clinton arrived for a fund-raiser Thursday night at the Hiro club in the Meatpacking District …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Chicago Sun Times:
Tony Rezko arrested  —  FROM SUN-TIMES STAFF REPORTS  —  Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a key fundraiser for Gov. Blagojevich and other Illinois politicians, was arrested early today by federal agents after prosecutors alleged he had violated terms of the bond in his fraud case.
 
 
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Brian Beutler:
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